Marsh Nature Conservation Award (Kent)

This Award is run in association with the Kent Wildlife Trust, a leading conservation organisation dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild habitats which works with over 800 volunteers.

The Award is an opportunity to congratulate six of these volunteers who have worked tirelessly in the many areas of the Kent Wildlife Trust's responsibilities and have contributed their skills, experience and enthusiasm to protecting wildlife.

Pictured right: one of the 2013 winners, Chris Fulcher, carrying out marine surveys

The 2013 winners are Chris Fulcher, Sue Poyser, Phillip Knight, Paul Jakes, Nigel Jennings, Paul Hayter

Chris Fulcher
Chris supported the early intertidal surveys around Kent back in the 1980s, collecting data with the Kent Marine Group. When Shoresearch was set up by Kent Wildlife Trust in 2003, Chris continued to contribute his considerable knowledge and enthusiasm to the Trust’s new programme of intertidal surveys. Chris has attended the majority of the Shoresearch surveys and is particularly skilful at finding and identifying elusive fish and crustaceans harbouring under boulders and in rockpools – his field guide shows the effects of hundreds of hours in active service. Chris has also undertaken many independent surveys in this filed.

Sue Poyser
Sue has been a volunteer with the Trust since 2009, in the offices at Tyland Barn, helping the Conservation team, Reserves team and Marketing department with geographical information system digital maps. Her maps are used for funding bids, marketing leaflets and appeals, reserves management and conservation team data capture. They are also used for conservation management advice. Sue is a keen botanist and recorder for the Wildflower Society, the Kent Field Club and the Kent Botanical Recording Group, and is often to be found recording around Tyland Barn at lunch times, and off on field trips at weekends.

Phillip Knight
Phillip first volunteered with the Trust in 2006 and his areas of activity include gardening, general maintenance and more, based at the Trust’s Romney Marsh visitor centre. Phillip is 89 years old, and always volunteers come rain, shine, or even snow blizzards! He is a member of the Marsh Community Garden management team at the Romney Marsh centre and is committed to developing the garden. He also manages the site if the officer in charge is not there. Phillip is loved by everyone on the site.

Paul Jakes
Paul is an experienced engineer, both mechanical and electrical, and uses his expertise to the benefit of the Trust’s machines and tools, all of which require constant attention and maintenance. Nothing is too much trouble for Paul and he is often called upon by other volunteers for advice in these areas. Paul is a regular member of the work parties in West Kent reserves. His knowledge and love of wildlife is obvious and he is particularly adept at butterfly identification and surveying.

Nigel Jennings
Nigel is an example of the type of volunteer the Trust relies upon. He is very hard working and knowledgeable, qualified in brush cutting and chainsaw work. He is an active member of most West Kent work parties, particularly Queendown Warren where he has made a special contribution. He is also a member of the Road Verges team and a Group Leader for West Kent reserves. Nigel can also be found ensuring that many of the outreach events run smoothly, often with the support of his wife Tish.

Paul Hayter
Paul is a regular Green Team volunteer, having started working on woodland in the Blean Woods. As a microbiologist, he is full of knowledge about the natural world and was keen to get more involved with the work the Trust does. Paul has been a key volunteer to the Blean Heritage Lottery Fund Project assisting with the delivery of quality archaeological survey work for South Blean Woods contributing to the Landscape History Project. He has also helped with biological surveying, offering his scientific background to survey reptiles at Hunstead Wood.

Pictured above: some of this year's winners, Phillip Knight, Paul Hayter and Sue Poyser, volunteering with the Kent Wildlife Trust


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